The Drive Home

This week has seen the return to work and busy mornings trying to get everyone out of the house and where they need to be on time.

Every morning it saddens me a little that I have to leave O. To hear his little voice asking, “where me going today Mummy?’. It upsets me much more than it upsets him, he’s happy to play with Nana or Grandma or his friends at nursery and with a quick kiss and a cuddle for me he’s off.

And off I go to work. Obviously he’s always there in the back of my mind but the 150ish other kids I see during the day keep me busy and the day usually does fly by without time to think about how much I miss my boy. Once I’m at work I am in teacher mode and the mum part of me takes a back seat.

But then it starts to get close to home time. And the mum in me starts to resurface and the excitement starts to build. As I’m sat in the after school meeting, or in my revision class I’m watching the clock tick down.

As I get into my car to start the drive home I can’t help but smile because I know I’m going home to my gorgeous son. The stresses off the day slip away and all I can think about is getting a hug from my little man.

It’s been just over two years since I returned to work after becoming a mum and that feeling on the drive home is still as special as it was on my first day. Knowing that I’m on my way to see O, to see his little face light up as he runs over for a cuddle, and hearing his voice shout, “It’s my mummy!”

One of those moments when being a mum can make you feel a million dollars.


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  1. Mummy Hearts You
    January 11, 2015 / 8:24 am

    This is lovely and probably a feeling all working mums get! #ordinarymoments xx
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  2. Potty Mouthed Mummy
    January 11, 2015 / 9:37 am

    Oh this is how I feel every day. H says the same to me every morning “where am I going today Mummy?” Breaks my heart. But the moment when you see them, well you summed it up perfectly xx
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  3. Rachel @ Parenthood Highs and Lows
    January 11, 2015 / 1:07 pm

    I’m a stay at home mum now, but worked full time (also as a teacher!) in the 5 months between my maternity leave with eldest finishing and maternity leave with middlest starting – and I know exactly what you mean about that journey home. Those after school meetings and clubs used to drag by! #theordinarymoments
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  4. Alexandra @dontcallmestepmummy
    January 11, 2015 / 2:20 pm

    This is lovely. I know it must be so hard, this is not something I’ve experienced as a WAHM but just hearing you describe it makes me feel your excitement. I have such respect for working Mum’s who have to be away from their littlies, precious how his anticipation must build to see you in the afternoons. #ordinarymoments
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  5. January 11, 2015 / 3:40 pm

    Oh, that totally choked me up at the end. I feel like I rarely give the kids a chance to miss me, but when I do it is lovely to be greeted with such excitement and happiness. xx
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  6. January 11, 2015 / 5:02 pm

    Oh that is so lovely! I can understand how you feel as whenever Monkey is with the grandparents, no matter how much I need the time to get a few things done, I am always so excited to see him again when he comes home and get a hug and hear all about his day 🙂 xx
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  7. January 11, 2015 / 5:15 pm

    This is all kinds of lovely 🙂
    I don’t have much time away from Arthur but whenever I do, even if it’s just a little while I LOVE the big smile when he sees me….I can only imagine that it must be a hundred times more lovely to see that after a long day at work!! Xx
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  8. January 11, 2015 / 6:29 pm

    I used to be the same when I’d drive to pick LP up every day and now that I have two children, and work part time, I still love thinking of seeing them whilst I’m walking home – the hugs I get when I walk through the door are the best! Thanks for linking up x
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  9. January 11, 2015 / 6:37 pm

    Oh how lovely. I feel this way if i’ve been away from my little three for a few hours let alone a full day, you must feel such warmth inside your tummy when you know you’re going home to receive the best hugs in the world xx
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  10. January 11, 2015 / 7:14 pm

    Oh what a lovely post – I especially liked the last paragraph <3

  11. January 11, 2015 / 8:43 pm

    I’m on maternity leave at the moment but I remember this feeling so well – I’d be so excited to pick them up from nursery!
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  12. Louise Fairweather
    January 12, 2015 / 9:41 am

    I know what you mean, I was like it with big man. Always remember that quality time is better than quanity xx
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  13. Jaime Oliver
    January 12, 2015 / 10:07 am

    awww its such an amazing feeling isnt it and it happens everytime doesnt it!

    Heres to lots more smiles and some happy journeys home 🙂

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  14. Jollyjillys
    January 12, 2015 / 10:19 am

    Aww that’s so lovely. My daughter in law goes back to her teaching job in June, I’m sure she’s going to find it very hard at first. Enjoy all your special times

  15. January 12, 2015 / 10:26 am

    I know just how you feel, I went back to work after all mine before we moved to Coombe Mill, now I still feel excited meeting them after school. Being a parent is just the best. Popping by from Magic Moments
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  16. January 12, 2015 / 10:28 am

    A lovely, heartfelt post. I honestly think the separation affects adults far more than children, they enjoy the adventures the day brings.

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  17. January 12, 2015 / 10:54 am

    Ah I remember these days, so lovely. I think it’s great that you’re dedicating your day to other people’s children (speaking as a mum with teenage kids!) but I imagine there is no great satisfaction than seeing your boy’s face light up. Lovely post. x
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  18. January 12, 2015 / 10:55 am

    It’s the best feeling in the world!! The smile that melts your heart! 🙂 #magicmoments

  19. January 12, 2015 / 12:46 pm

    Awww how lovely, I totally agree with you, the days I work are at times just a count down to when I get home and see Boo =)
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  20. January 12, 2015 / 12:58 pm

    Lovely Jo and i feel exactly the same although i mostly WFH so it’s the excitement i feel when i walk to school/nursery – my step quickens the closer i get 🙂 x
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  21. Merlinda (@pixiedusk)
    January 12, 2015 / 5:04 pm

    I am not working but I do feel excited everytime its picking up my son from school time =) #magicmoments
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  22. nikki
    January 12, 2015 / 8:45 pm

    I’m lucky enough at the moment to be able to work from home, but I find leaving my little girl so hard when I do have to – but it does seem like it’s worth it when I come home and she’s so pleased to see me! x
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  23. January 13, 2015 / 11:27 am

    This is so nice. I enjoy my work enough to distract me from missing my son too much, but I hate saying goodbye to him in the morning. I also get really excited when it’s time to pick him up, and in fact reading this makes me wish it was 4pm already!
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  24. Notmyyearoff
    January 13, 2015 / 3:12 pm

    Ahh I complete get this, I actually bought Z a big useless toy the other morning out of Mothers guilt and he still wanted to come with me. I love walking in the door and getting a big hug 🙂
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  25. January 18, 2015 / 1:05 am

    Oh this is lovely Jo and I completely relate. I work for myself now but handed in my notice exactly a year ago. When I was working in my old office it was about a 40 minute car drive back home and I can remember exactly what you describe- I literally would be bursting with excitement to get in the door and see Mads. It is such a lovely feeling and definitely compliments the phrase ‘Absence makes the heart grow fonder’ – I used to love seeing her face when I walked in the door. x
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